A new study conducted by Chicago-based "usability consultancy" research group, User Centric, tested the viability of parental control technologies built into Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles and found that parents' lack of understanding about ratings compromised their ability to successfully set up parental controls.
The study also looks at parental controls built into DVRs, mobile phones, and V-chips on TVs. User Centric's study tested out one of each type of device mentioned above with 20 parents and 20 kids, ages 9-12.
From the study: "During individual usability test sessions, all participants were asked to set up parental controls using a television with a V-Chip, a digital video recorder, a game console, and a mobile phone marketed specifically for children under ten. Participants were also asked to rate each device based on ease of use during set up and their confidence in their own success."
The results: failure rates were 31% for DVR, 36% for mobile phone, 42% for V-Chip, and 47% game console.
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